Who will go to Hell?
Will idolators and polytheists who ascribe partners to Allah go to Hell or will Muslims who call God as jealous go to Hell?
It is the basic belief of Islam that “God is jealous”. Worshiping God in the form of an idol or a symbol is equal to worshiping someone else other than God. This makes God jealous and he punishes all such idol worshipers and polytheists by throwing them in Hell forever. Ascribing partners to God (Allah) is an unforgivable sin (Quran 4:116, 4:48) and so is idolatory. Hindus who worship God in many forms such as idols, symbols, rivers, sun etc are the worst offenders according to Islam. They deserve severe punishment not only in this life but also in the afterlife, according to Islam. Another belief of Islam is- Muhammad was the best and last of God’s prophets. Any man claiming to be a Prophet after Muhammad is a hoax, followers of such a hoax Prophet deserve severe punishment and even extermination from the world. (This logic, unfortunately is not extended to the thought that Muhammad himself could have been a hoax.)
If there is anything like Hell, God will send followers of Islam to it (but certainly not for eternity, since there can never be infinite punishment for finite crime). There are many reasons for it. Some of them are:
1- Islam says that any one following a false religion will go to Hell. That is exactly why Muslims will go to Hell, because Islam is false. Even after being given hundreds of evidences that Islam is false, such as the numerous mistakes in the Quran, (historical mistakes, eg. Mistaking Jesus’ mother Mary for Moses’ sister Mariam in 19:27-28 and 66:12 and also in Chapter 3 even though there is a time gap of more than twelve centuries between Mary and Mariam, contradictions– e.g. the food for the people in Hell will be only “Dhari” 88:6, only foul pus from the washing of wounds 69:36, or will they also get to eat from the tree of Zaqqum 37:62-66 , scientific mistakes, grammatical mistakes etc) they continue to deny the undeniable, try to give irrational and far-fetched explanations for these mistakes, and dismiss these mistakes as ‘tests’ by God to test their faith. Those who continue to follow a false religion despite hundreds of evidences that it is false, merely for fear of going to Hell will definitely go to Hell.
2- God is extremely benevolent and kind. Why should God be jealous? A kind, merciful and compassionate God is falsely vilified and called as jealous by Islam (and sadly, also Christianity). Near Death Experience of many people has given an indication that God exists, making believers out of staunch atheists. Naturally, if a kind and benevolent man is labelled jealous, he will be angry. God, though benevolent and merciful could be angry with those who call Him jealous, and hence will punish such people by throwing them into Hell for attributing insanity to Him.
3-Muslims call a human’s words as “Words of God”. When anyone questions the Quran and points out the contradictions in it, and other mistakes, Muslims say, “You are questioning the word of God. You will go to Hell. You are disregarding the words of God”. In reality, Muslims are insulting God by calling a human’s words as “words of God”. As a result, God will be very angry with them and will say- “An ordinary man wrote the Quran, it is full of errors and even after seeing the errors you continue to say that I wrote such a violent book? I will punish you for that.”
4- Muslims believe that God punishes unbelievers, idolators and polytheists by throwing them in Hell. What will happen in Hell? How is Hell? Quran Chapter 22 Verses 19-22 says:
“These two antagonists dispute with each other about their Lord: But those who deny (their Lord),- for them will be cut out a garment of Fire: over their heads will be poured out boiling water. With it will be scalded what is within their bodies, as well as (their) skins. In addition there will be maces of iron (to punish) them. Every time they wish to get away therefrom, from anguish, they will be forced back therein, and (it will be said), “Taste ye the Penalty of Burning!””
Of course, no God can be so cruel. These are not God’s words but words of a man who wants to scare others into believing in him to serve his own purpose. In Chapter 111 of the Quran, Muhammad’s own uncle and bitter enemy Abu Lahab is cursed horribly, the words are unbecoming of God, or even of a Prophet. They are words of the enemy of that uncle.
Now, even after this, if people claim that God wrote the above verses, God will be extremely angry with them and say “You believe that I am such a cruel, ruthless, tyrant throwing my children into Hell? You have called me a cruel, ruthless thug. You will be punished for that”.
5- Quran also says,
We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they set up with Allah that for which He has sent down no authority, and their abode is the fire, and evil is the abode of the unjust.
And prepare against them what force you can and horses tied at the frontier, to terrorize thereby the enemy of Allah…
I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”
Naturally, no God can be a terrorist. But here, Muslims believe that God is a terrorist, terrorizing and killing unbelievers in such a cruel way. Any kind and benevolent God will punish those who attribute such qualities to Him. So, far from Hindus going to Hell for idol worship (which is nothing but worship of God Himself), or other non-believers going to Hell for not following Islam, it is Muslims who will go to Hell for calling God as Jealous, tyrant, cruel, ruthless terrorist and following a false religion. That is, if there is anything like Hell and if God exists. No one has yet ever been able to give a good answer to the question- How was God born? How could such a great all-powerful power have come into existence? On its own? But Near-Death experience of people seems to suggest that God exists, and both Heaven & Hell could be true, but they will certainly not be eternal.
No God can be author of the verses which are quoted here.
6- For argument’s sake, let us assume that God exists (as seems from Near-Death Experiences of people). Will God punish non-believers? If after death, one dies and meets God, God will actually PRAISE THE UNBELIEVERS and say “You did not believe in anything without proof. You used your brain, came to your own conclusion. You will be rewarded for using your brain and not falling for the ridiculous propaganda that I AM JEALOUS. Or that I want all human beings to abandon use of their brain and blindly follow the so-called Prophets without using their brains. I, the Almighty God gave humans a brain to think rationally, freely and come to their own conclusions. Those who attributed insanity to me, cruelty to me, and followed charlatans merely for fear of going to Hell will be punished by me”.
Let us say, we reached a wrong conclusion and that Islam is true. God will be very happy with us for not believing his true religion and using our brains. God will say “You used your brain which I gave you. You committed no sin. You did not blindly believe Islam for fear of going to Hell. You studied Islam, read the Quran, found many mistakes, studied Muhammad and reached a conclusion based on your facts that Islam is false. I am extremely pleased with you for that, reaching your conclusion using the available evidences, even though the conclusion you reached was inaccurate”.
Also, if Islam was indeed from God, would God say “Accept what is given without any questions and anyone doubting even the slightest will go to Hell”? A true God would have asked people to raise as many questions as possible, get all doubts cleared, and use their own brains to see if they find that Islam is true or not, instead of threatening people with Hell for not believing in Muhammad. When someone forces others to follow anything blindly, it means he has something to hide.
But those who followed a religious book which was so very violent, and believed that God is JEALOUS, abandoned their own brains, gave up free thinking, blindly imitated a man living in the 7th century, rationalized all blatant mistakes in the Quran will be punished by God, if at all God punishes people.
But it does not mean there are no believing Muslims (or Christians, or Hindus, or any other religious people) now or in the past who did not overcome the fault of their theology. Many have loved their fellow believers without learning to hate their pagan neighbours. All this shows that man is greater than his creeds and ideologies and that humanity can survive its hate-ideologies. But will it? These ideologies have killed millions of people in the last 1700 years.
Will Muslims be able to see the truth, and leave Islam like Ali Sina and thousands of others have done, and rid mankind of the most evil & damaging ideology which has stifled human freedom, progress, scientific thinking and taken humanity into middle ages with women suffering? Or will they stick to this religion dismissing all mistakes as ‘tests’ of God for fear of going to Hell, with the Mirage of Paradise? The fate of humanity depends on what they will do.
(An article on this topic is PARADISE- A MIRAGE FOR MUSLIMS)